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BACHELOR. The first degree taken at the universities in the arts and sciences, as bachelor of arts, & c. It is called, in Latin, Baccalaureus, from bacalus, or bacillus, a staff, because a staff was given, by way of distinction, into the hands of those who had completed their studies. Some, however, have derived the word from baccalaura, others from bas chevalier, as designating young squires who aspire to the knighthood. (Dupin.) But the derivation. of the word is uncertain.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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At a moment of personal crisis, and of narrative summation at the end of the ninth of the novel's eighteen chapters, Octave reflects on the solitude of bachelordom, now fully disconnected from the chain of women in his life:
TRINITY Players will be at Sutton Arts Theatre next month with A Bird In The Hand, Derek Benfield's comedy about two men attempting to recapture the romantic successes of their youthful days of bachelordom.